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Taking a New and Critical Look at Our Statues

On Tuesday 02 January 2018 at 2.30p.m. at Gold Hill Museum Dave Martin will talk about Cast Bronze Reputations in the Wessex Street. Author of history textbooks and frequent contributor to The Historian magazine of the Historical Association, Dave travels the country in search of statues in public places. He seeks to answer the questions: Whom do we choose to commemorate in our streets and public spaces, and what does this reveal about our ourselves and our relationship with our history?
In this illustrated talk Dave takes his audience to Dorchester, East Budleigh, Bristol, Portsmouth, Poole, Southampton, Winchester and Weymouth. They will be looking at hats and hems, penknives and swords, books and boars, and asking Reverence or Remembrance? and Veneration or Vandalism? Audience participation is encouraged.
This lecture is free to members of The Shaftesbury & District Historical Society while non-members may pay £3 at the door.

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‘The two Beckfords of Fonthill’ Podcast

Thanks to Keri Jones for creating, and former Lord Mayor of London Sir John Stuttard for contributing to, a six minute podcast about Sir John’s forthcoming talk on the William Beckfords, father and son, at Gold Hill Museum on Tuesday 05 December at 2.30p.m. This lecture is free to Shaftesbury & District Historical Society members, while non-members may pay £3 at the door. The podcast is available by clicking on this link